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Kentucky legislature meets in Old State Capitol building

The Kentucky legislature has met in the Old State Capitol where Henry Clay once spoke and lawmakers passed two versions of the state's Constitution.

Misconduct allegations no obstacle for many state lawmakers

15 of the approximately 24 state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct are in the Nov. 6 general election. 

UPDATE: Panel appointed to scrutinize Kentucky speaker

Four women and two men will decide whether to recommend expelling Kentucky's GOP House speaker after he signed a secret sexual harassment settlement.

Kentucky sexual harassment inquiry sent to ethics commission

A taxpayer-funded investigation of a secret sexual harassment settlement signed by four GOP lawmakers in Kentucky was stymied because the lawmakers refused to talk about it or disclose documents.

Kentucky plan would strip lawmakers of lucrative benefits

Some of Kentucky's retired lawmakers living on public pensions of more than $100,000 a year would lose most of that money if a proposal from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin becomes law.
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Retirements, questions increase as pension changes loom

Public employees in Kentucky are contacting the offices of the state's largest pension systems after lawmakers vowed to make changes to one of the worst funded retirement plans in the country.
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Board OKs new funding model for universities

State funding for Kentucky's public colleges and universities will be determined by how many and what types of degrees its students earn under a policy finalized by state regulators.
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Kentucky needs $700 million more per year for pension debt

Independent consultants say Kentucky taxpayers need to spend an extra $700 million each year to keep their troubled public pension systems afloat.
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UPDATE: Bill revamping black lung system passes

Kentucky lawmakers have completed quick work on a bill sought by the Senate's top leader to reduce the coal industry's costs to cover claims by workers suffering from black lung disease.
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Lawmakers OK $15 million for mystery project

State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Matt Bevin borrow up to $15 million to convince a company to bring up to 500 full-time jobs to struggling eastern Kentucky.
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Ky. Senate votes to toughen penalty for heroin trafficking

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would lead to tougher penalties for people convicted of trafficking in smaller amounts of heroin or fentanyl.
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FCPS Hires Lobbying Firm for First Time in its History

For the first time in its history, the Fayette County Board of Education hired a lobbying firm to represent its interests in Frankfort and beyond.
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Bill adding fee for prepaid phones heads to governor’s desk

Prepaid phone customers will have to pay an extra 93 cents to support local 911 emergency services under a bill headed to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.
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Beshear vetoes portion of state spending bill

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed portions of a state spending bill that he says will prevent budget cuts to a variety of state programs.
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Kentucky freezes gas tax at 26 cents per gallon

Kentucky drivers will not get a tax break at the gas pump on April 1.
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Ky. lawmakers vote to expand dating-violence protections

Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up work on a bill that would allow victims of abusive dating relationships to seek emergency protective orders from courts.
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After 3 years of trying, Ky. passes bill fighting heroin

Taxpayers will spend money to keep heroin dealers in prison longer and to give addicts a steady supply of clean needles under a bill that has passed the state legislature designed to curb Kentucky's alarming increase of overdose deaths.

In Kentucky, bipartisanship gets some things done

While Congress struggles to reach consensus on most issues, state lawmakers in Kentucky work in short order to pass bills despite being one of seven legislatures in the country with divided government.
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‘In God We Trust’ signs now hang in Capitol meeting rooms

State lawmakers will debate legislation in committees next year beneath "In God We Trust" signs.
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State Lawmakers Pre-File Bills To Combat Heroin Epidemic

A trio of northern Kentucky lawmakers are pushing measures to combat heroin use in advance of the 2015 legislative session after seeing similar bills die this year.

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